New Bills Proposed to Improve Wisconsin Foster Care

The legislature is progressing towards its goal of boosting the foster care system.

Ashley Foster December 03, 2017
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Progress is being made by a task force created by Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos in June. The goal is to boost the foster care system in Wisconsin and provide additional support for children, parents, and social workers. The panel was co-chaired by Republican Representative Patrick Snyder and Democratic Representative Steve Doyle. A news conference Tuesday revealed the completion of drafts for 13 bills.

The proposals would give an additional $170,000 for court-appointed volunteers to observe children with their families. They would allocate $500,000 of federal funds for counties, nonprofits, and tribes to encourage innovative practices to prevent children from being removed from their homes to begin with. They would alleviate some pressure from foster parents by allowing them access to a certain amount of a child’s mental health records, improving foster parent education, and reimbursing foster parents for care-related expenses. Under the proposals, children in foster care will receive free tuition in the University of Wisconsin System and the Wisconsin Technical College System.

Six public meetings were held over the last several months so the task force could hear from those most affected. Overall, the package will cost the state $4 million. The bills will move to the floor in January.

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Ashley Foster

Ashley Foster is a freelance writer. She is a wife and mother of two currently residing in Florida. She loves taking trips to the beach with her husband and sons. As an infant, she was placed with a couple in a closed adoption. Ashley was raised with two sisters who were also adopted. In 2016, she was reunited with her biological family. She advocates for adoptees' rights and DNA testing for those who are searching for family. Above all, she is thankful that she was given life. You can read her blog at http://ashleysfoster.blogspot.com/.


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